Ivins On Ratio Sight (A Da Capo paperback)

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9780306800115: Ivins On Ratio Sight (A Da Capo paperback)

Rear cover notes: "William Ivins, Jr. was the first curator of prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a position he held from 1916 to 1946. Although he had no training as an art historian - he was an economist and lawyer - he built up the museum's holdings to form one of the most important print collections in the world today. Not at home with the minute scholarship of the academic historian, Ivins' writing reflected the lawyer's need to make a case, and it is the freshness and simplicity of his approach that made his Prints and Visual Communication and Notes on Prints modern classics. In this study, Ivins again imaginatively constructs a forceful argument concerning the role that perspective played in the development of Western thought. Perspective, he asserts, provided a simple but logical scheme for representing the relationship between people's perception of objects and the location of those objects in space. But beyond the creation of a system for accurate pictorial representation, Ivins demonstrates that the theories of Alberti, Durer, and Peterin (the Viator) enabled people to symbolize mathematically their sensuous awareness of nature and to classify phenomena which could not be adequately encompassed by verbal symbols alone. In this application of mathematics to the perception of the physical world, Ivins finds the basis of modern scientific thought."

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